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  1. #1
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    Jul 2010
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    Murrysville, pa
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    Default Cleaning / cleaner for hive boxes...

    Hi,

    Newer keeper, and wondering what household cleaners are safe to use to clean boxes / bottom boards?

    They are just gunky with some mold and mildew and ya know, some mouse excraments. This is equipment currently out of service. I know bees do a good cleaning inside, but I want to be proactive.

    Bleach? Other? Wet and forget?

    What's best and will not be nasty or leave residue to harm repel bees if used inside and out?

    Thanks,

    MP

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Cleaning / cleaner for hive boxes...

    Clorox & water

  3. #3
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    Phelps Co. Missouri USA
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    Default Re: Cleaning / cleaner for hive boxes...

    What was the health of the previous bees ?

    A first lesson, becareful of used equiptment !

    May need to be scorthed on the inside to be safe, best bet.

    Diluted household bleach and a good scrub brush, leave air dry in the sun for a few days, should be sufficient, IF no diease.

    PCM

  4. #4
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    Brasher Falls, NY, USA
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    Default Re: Cleaning / cleaner for hive boxes...

    A hive tool is all I ever use. Just scrape the BBs or supers and reuse. Bees propolis surfaces. Propolis is antiseptic.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Cleaning / cleaner for hive boxes...

    Scrape it clean with a hive tool and give it to the bees.

  6. #6
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    Lincolnton, NC
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    Default Re: Cleaning / cleaner for hive boxes...

    The word "dirty" has a different meaning for bees than for humans. I would use clorox only because of jthe mouse excrement-otherwise just scrape it off somewhat and forget it.

  7. #7
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    Victoria, BC, Canada
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    Default Re: Cleaning / cleaner for hive boxes...

    Scrape gunk off then I use a 10% bleach solution. Spray it on, let it work a bit, rinse it off. Let it air out and dry for 24 hours. Kills all the mold. It's worked well for me.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Cleaning / cleaner for hive boxes...

    You can use bleach...randy oliver gave me the ratios and I cannot remember them off the top of my head.
    I only use bleach on plastic hive parts. I use a large propane brush burner for boxes.

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  9. #9
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    Crystal Water, Queensland, Australia
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    Default Re: Cleaning / cleaner for hive boxes...

    Dirty equipment - yes, the bees know what to do but WE like it to look nice!
    I use Sugar Soap and a rinse. Takes away the dirt and the bees have never complained.

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